Week 8 foot­ball pre­dic­tions

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The high school foot­ball ac­tion in Week 8 is head­lined by a district matchup between the top two ranked teams in Class 5A, Amer­i­can Her­itage at Car­di­nal Gib­bons. Wells Dusen­bury and David Furones are pick­ing the clash between the Pa­tri­ots and Chiefs, plus nine more prime games in Broward and Palm Beach coun­ties. Furones is 37-13 on the year while Duse is a game back in the stand­ings at 36-14. All games are to­day at 7 p.m. un­less noted. AMER­I­CAN HER­ITAGE (4-0) AT CAR­DI­NAL GIB­BONS (5-0) Car­di­nal Gib­bons has been wait­ing for this mo­ment all sum­mer long. Af­ter a tough 10-7 play­off loss to the Pa­tri­ots, the Chiefs are a much more vet­eran and tal­ented group, es­pe­cially on de­fense where they’ve al­lowed just 12 points all sea­son. Gib­bons QB Nik Scalzo ad­mit­ted to be­ing ner­vous last year ver­sus Her­itage, but he [and the rest of the team] aren’t any­more. Her­itage is with­out a doubt one of the top teams in the coun­try and the de­fense is fe­ro­cious, but I think Gib­bons makes just enough plays to pull off the win. Chiefs quar­ter­back Nik Scalzo saw this stel­lar de­fense twice as a sopho­more and will come in more poised. Route com­bi­na­tions out of Gib­bons’ com­plex Air-Raid of­fense could free up re­ceivers and, to an ex­tent, mit­i­gate how ef­fec­tive Pa­tri­ots five-star cor­ner­backs Pa­trick Sur­tain II and Tyson Camp­bell can be in the press man cov­er­age they spe­cial­ize in. Th­ese fac­tors will keep it close, but Her­itage, the na­tion’s fourth-ranked team (MaxPreps, USA To­day), will stop the run bet­ter than any pre­vi­ous Chiefs op­po­nent, and quar­ter­back Cam Smith, run­ning back Miles Jones and re­ceiver An­thony Schwartz make enough plays on of­fense. WESTERN (6-0) AT PLAN­TA­TION (5-1) “They’ll tell the [Har­ri­son] story of tonight.” Sorry, had to throw some Hamilton in there. Western QB Har­ri­son Story has been a ma­jor key for the Wild­cats’ re­vival, throw­ing eight TD passes to just one INT, while also rush­ing for three more scores. Back­field mate Ke­shaun Clarke (589

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